The Strange House Chronicles, Part 2: Aunt Mountain’s Winter
March 22, 2015
The Strange House Chronicles, Part 3: Maggie Fanny Sees a Little Girl
March 24, 2015


“Suddenly, for a time, the door is open, the magic is working; a channel exists between the page and the shadowy cave in the mind. But none of us will ever know why or how.” ~ Susan Cooper


“When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words…There are many kinds of magic, after all.” ~ Erin Morgenstern


“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” ~ Neil Gaiman


“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” ~ J.K. Rowling


“What an astonishing thing a book is…one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” ~ Carl Sagan


““Words, are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” ~ J.K. Rowling


“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” ~ Stephen King


“I earn the magic of words by writing. I learn the myth of worlds by imagining.” ~ Toba Beta
The spellbinding artwork in this post is by Scottish artist Frances (MacDonald) MacNair. I think she has somehow managed to capture snapshots from dreams, as the otherworldly figures look like they are in the midst of their own magical adventures and we are given the merest glimpse of their lives.




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